Funding Sources and Grant Writing Tips
Funding Sources, Grant Writing Tips
and Federally Funded Educational Programs


Many sources of technology grants for our equipment can be found on Google by searching for Educational Technology Grants

Teachers can also apply for "Enhancing Education through Technology" Federal grant, or E-rate Title II Part D at ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/index.html

Federal Grant money available at www.sl.universalservice.org

National Science Foundation, technology grants at www.nsf.gov/statistics/grants.cfm



Resources for Grant Writing Tips
  • Grant Writing Courses from Distance-Education.org
    To Promote Grant Writing Courses

  • About.com's NonProft Directory
    This topic area of About.com focuses on more than grants. While there are several good resources for grants listed, there are other categories of information related to non-profit organizations and management.

  • Education Place®
    Grant tips, funding resources, and miscellaneous grant and funding information.

  • The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
    Provides information and websites to help teachers and organizations locate and apply for educational funds from corporations, agencies, and foundations. The site provides a series of articles about locating and applying for grants. These columns were originally published in ENC Focus. The site provides an area to link to other web sites with information for grant seekers. ENC also provides a Guidebook of Federal Resources, ENC's directory of federally sponsored programs in math and science. Programs from 14 agencies and departments are highlighted.

  • Grants and Other (People's) Money
    With school funding tight it pays to look for financial help elsewhere. Check out this web address for funding sources that focuses on science, math, engineering and educational technology.

  • School Grants
    Targeted at K-12 educators, this web site has information about funding programs and writing proposals. While the site is not as comprehensive as others, it provides a good starting point for educators seeking their first grants.

  • SRA's Grants Web
    The Society of Research Administrators publishes this collection of resources for locating federal and foundation monies. Other features on this site include links to relevant policy and legal information and online forms.

Book References for Grant Proposals
  • Best Practices in Grants & Funding, eSchool News Special Report,.This booklet provides strategies and techniques for developing proposals and includes sample documents and best practices. Purchase at http://www.eschoolnews.com/catalog/

  • Finding Funding, 4th ed., Brewer, Ernest, and Charles M. Achilles, Jay R. Fuhriman, Connie Hollingsworth. Corwin Press, 2001. This book includes strategies for writing successful government and foundation grants and includes project management and internet use. Purchase at: http://www.corwinpress.com/book.aspx?pid=5263

  • The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 4th ed. Geever, Jane C. United States of America, 2004. Provides information on how to prepare award winning proposals, including examples. Purchase at http://fdncenter.org/marketplace/catalog/product_monograph.jhtml?id=prod10047

  • Grantseeking: A Step-by-Step Approach, rev. ed. Zimmerman, Robert M. San Francisco, CA: Zimmerman, Lehman & Associates, 1998. The book explains the how to's of writing a letter of intent, with a sample, creating a proposal and budget, and follow-up with funders. Purchase from: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007YLEOU/

  • The Grantwriter's Internet Companion, Peterson, Susan, Corwin Press, 2000. This book offers tools for using the internet to find funding and grants. Purchase at http://www.corwinpress.com/book.aspx?pid=5184

  • I'll Grant You That, Burke, Jim and Carol Ann Prater, Heinemann, 2000. This resource is a book and CD-ROM for finding funds, designing projects, and writing proposals. Purchase at http://www.heinemann.com/shared/products/E00197.asp

  • Winning Grants Step by Step, Carlson, Mim. San Francisco, CA: Support Centers of America, 1995. Contains exercises designed to help with proposal planning and writing skills and to meet the requirements of both government agencies and foundation funders. Purchase from http://www.Amazon.com or http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-078795876X.html

  • Getting Funded - A complete guide to proposal writing by Mary Hall
  • Proposal Planning and Writing by Lynn E. Miner, Jeremy T. Miner, Jerry Griffith
  • The Consultants Guide to Proposal Writing by Herman Holtz
  • Handbook for Writing Proposals by Robert J. Hamper and L. Sue Baugh
Training Opportunities for Grant Writing
  • Grant Writing Seminars The Center for Nonprofit Management, a twenty-year old agency serves more than 1,000 organizations each year by offering the following programs: Seminars, Consulting, Collaborations, Low-Interest Loans, Meetings Facility,etc. For a schedule of current seminars, visit our Web site.

  • A Proposal Writing Short Course For many people, writing grants can be a daunting task. This Short Course is an opportunity to learn the process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors.

Federally Funded Educational Programs
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology
    This competitive grant program is designed to promote partnerships among private industry, K-12 schools, and universities. Activities may provide support for faculty on how to use technology in their classes, develop technology-based resources and tools, and create technology-related professional development and internship opportunities for teachers.

  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools
    This program consists of two major programs: State Grants for Drug and Violence Prevention Programs and National Programs. State Grants is a formula grant program that provides funds to states and local school districts, and Governors, for a broad range of community and school-based prevention and education programs. National Programs provides funds for discretionary grants that focus on drug and violence prevention issues. Any activity financed under the program must meet "principles of effectiveness," such as being based on scientifically conducted research.

  • Special,Education IDEA
    The Individuals with Disabilities Act was reauthorized in June 1997. It is scheduled for reauthorization in 2002. This program provides financial assistance to states to help them meet the educational and developmental needs of over 5 million children, ages birth through 21. The law focuses on increased expectations, more coordination and involvement by parents and the regular classroom teacher, and more professional development for all involved in educating children with disabilities. The law also permits schools broader authority to remove special education students from the classroom for bringing illegal drugs or weapons to school and integration of funds into Title I school-wide programs. Special Education services apply to a vast array of disabilities, including those with severe disabilities, the emotionally disturbed, and the severely and profoundly mentally retarded. IDEA grant categories include those to states and preschools, as well as grants for infants and toddlers.

  • Educational Technology State Grant
    The new education technology program consolidates two major education technology programs: Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (FY01 - $450 million) and Technology Innovation Challenge grants (FY01 - $136.3 million) into a single program. Funds are distributed to states and, in turn, to local districts based on 50% Title I formula and 50% competitively. The money can be used for a range of purposes, such as improving access to technology and expanding professional development. Districts must use at least 25% of the money for professional development, unless they can show that they already provide such services.

  • Impact Aid
    The Impact Aid program provides payments to local districts that have a large number of pupils whose parents work on or who live on federal property, such as a military base. Funds offset the loss in local property taxes that usually are the major source for school funding. Funds are also available to help meet the added cost of educating those federally connected children with disabilities. Funds generally become part of a district's general fund account and are used for basic expenses, such as teacher salaries, books, and supplies. Funds for Impact Aid construction are also available. Private schools are not eligible to receive Impact Aid funds.